DAVENHAM cruised to a derby victory and into second place in the First Division.
They beat Oakmere at home thanks to the impressive performances of Dean Jackson, who bowled throughout for 7-52 and Dave Ashley who smote an unbeaten 84.
Oakmere were bowled out for 145. Although skip-per Paul Yearsley got the innings off to a good start with 21, only Paul Hutchinson (29) made a significant contribution. Ben Gough (2-31) aided Jackson.
Davenham made 147-4, with Dave Holden and skipper Alan Wright forging the partnerships with Ashley.
Oakmere got the better of Davenham in the 2nds' derby at Overdale Lane.
Tom Screen profited from being dropped to carry his bat for 80, as Davenham posted 147-7 (Nick Guest 4-29).
The Davenham attack was unable to keep things tight and a great opening partnership between Ian Morgan (51) and Guest (62) of 110 set Oakmere en route to 148-3. Chris Lath-am took two wickets.
WEAVERHAM slipped into the relegation zone after failing to make an impact on the Runcorn innings.
Paul Lightfoot (56) and Steve Pinnington (44) over-came Weaverham's early doubts and put on 90 for the second wicket. Jamie Allen hit an excellent 49no and Jon Lightfoot a brisk 28 as Weaverham declared at 219-5.
But the home attack had little success. Colin Lewis, 2-36 off eight overs, did best. Runcorn hit 223-4.
Weaverham 2nds finished 12 runs short with two wickets left at Old Parkonians.
Brian Rogerson took 2-65, Neil Gerrard 2-27 and 15-year-old Ben Hancock took his first senior wicket; Rob Hardley (37),
Richard Goodier (33), Rob Dickinson (26) and Gerrard (24) were among the runs - Parkonians 172-6 Weaverham 160-8.
WINSFORD remain among the promotion contenders despite suffering their first defeat of the year, at home to Lymm, a team who had not won at Knight's Grange before.
They crumbled to 91-7 with only the in-form Barry Crellin (44) reaching double figures until Colin Dean struck four sixes in compiling 52no.
But their tally of 159no was unlikely to be enough, though they took Lymm wickets regularly and were in with a chance at one stage. Then the visitors moved to 160-7 (Crellin 3-48, Mark Dean 3-25, Dave Tierney 1-18).
Winsford 2nds put themselves into a winning position at Wilmslow but then petered out.
The introduction of Martin Barrett (2-27) and a change of ends for Chris Webb (2-42) stopped the Wilmslow run flow. Ben Ollier (1-32) and Phil Jones (1-25) chipped in and the hosts declared at 169-7.
Winsford's reply began positively with 23 runs being scored off the first two overs. And the acceleration didn't stop there as the visitors found themselves motoring at 85-1 after only 12 overs.
The dismissal of Andy Cooper (23) then brought about a steady collapse as Winsford rued the fact that not one of their established bats went on to make big runs. Graham Smout (23) and Martin Barrett (22) were the other main contributors, as Winsford finished on 153ao.
BARNTON'S promotion prospects were not enhanced either. They were also beaten at home: Barnton 140-9 dec Pott Shrigley 142-8.